A dip into the ICA

Sometimes you want a quick artistic immersion, short and sweet. Like a quickie before heading out to meet friends. Well the ICA is SF’s fave for this very thing.

See what you will......

See what you will……

At the moment you have Lutz Bacher with Black Beauty , Design by John Cheim and Zhang Enil’s Space Painting

Mini review now.

Lutz Bacher, loved the imagined chess board, it has a life size Elvis after all, very playful and something easy to relate to and interpret as you please. SF enjoys art that does not give a prescriptive or obvious meaning but merely sets some themes and ideas and lets the viewer wander and wonder of into them.

Design – John Cheim, iconic collection of books he has designed for a variety of names such as Warhol and Bruce Webber featuring Madge, Matt Dillon and a fellow draped in a wet dog.

Zhang Enil’s Space Painting, taking over the entire room by the café, long brush strokes create a very smooth effect. For SF the effect is not dramatic enough/. Personal taste and all that

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Picture of the Day – Adrian + Shane

Something from Soho today.

Adrian + Shane are a couple and a couple of artists. They are really quite cute on their Instagram page and generally if you wonder around London and Berlin you can spot signs they have been there. See below.

Adrian + Shane

Adrian + Shane

SF will revisit these lovely chaps in more detail another time

James Cauty gets a little bit apocalyptic

Feeding destruction

Feeding destruction

The exhibition is called James Cauty, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Parts I and II, part of the Frieze month of art in London town and quite something to behold.

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James Cauty has created a politically aggravated piece which shows a cityscape once it has been ravaged by some form of mass destruction, it appears all humans have been killed apart from the Police and the Media. Interesting that the only ones to survive would be those who would control the message and the fallout of such a disaster.

Urban decay

Urban decay

The Arch 402 gallery on Cremer St nr Hoxton tube features a just one piece and it is impressive in it’s size and scale, it is at chest height so you are looking at the scenes unfurl at a perfect height. Amongst the destruction there are little signs of humour such as the KFC sign changed to say ‘Jimmy made us do it’ (as in Savile) or one of the Police figures playing golf as the city burns, or the masses of Police feasting at Burger King and playing on a slide or numerous other pieces that you can find yourself.

Par four

Par four

Burning religion

Burning religion

Ariel view

Ariel view

Another little side note is to say that Mr Cauty is formerly one half of KLF and also a part of Orb.

I’m Culcha – Yeezy

Kanye, Kanye West, Kanye Omari West, Yeezy, Ye or God. A few of the names for Kanye. Others have less flattering ones for this rapper-come-designer-come-inventor-come-businessman-come-rockstar-come-cultural icon-modern day God.

Recently Kanye drew howls of derision for his ‘performance’ in three part interview with Zane Lowe for Radio1, but for why? For being a bit too brash? For being stupendously opinionated? For calling out the fashion snobs who ignore his ‘genius?’ For being just a little shouty? For the Mr. T esq gold chain? For failing to show a modicum of humility?

F*$k that, SF loves the guy for all those reasons, he is borderline ridiculous, but he makes amazing music. He is louder than a motorbike and what he has to say sometimes is a little non-sensical. But at least he says it with passion and believes it. He isn’t playing lipservice to anyone.

And boy can Yeezy rap. Yeezus is a brilliant piece of music